Book Clubs

Book Clubs Bring People Together

Book clubs are a great way to bring people together. Readers of all backgrounds can share their opinions in a neutral arena, and the book selected provides common ground for discussion. A dramatic example was cited recently by the CBS Evening News. A book club in Boston was formed by a lawyer and a homeless man who happened to meet in a park. Their conversation over a period of months drifted to books, and eventually expanded to include others in the park. Today this group, called the Homeless Book Club, meets weekly at lunchtime. Read the story and watch a video about it at "A Tale with a Storybook Ending."

What If There is No Discussion Guide for Your Book Club?

It is always helpful to have some starter discussion questions ready for your book club. Often you can find these at the back of your book, on a publisher's website, or on one of the reading group sites. But what do you do if none are available? The Reading Group Guides website offers some general questions that can be adapted to a wide variety of books, from biographies to mysteries to historical fiction.

Be Keen with Emma-Jean!

Do you like stories about girls who have an interesting way of seeing the world and like to help their friends? Are you 10-14 years old? If so be sure to sign up for the ‘Be Keen with Emma-Jean’ Tween Book Club at the Maud Marks Branch! We're reading Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis. There are three different sessions at 2pm on July 27, August 3, & August 10; you can sign up for one or all of them online or at the information desk. Don't worry if you haven't read it yet; the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council are sponsoring the club and providing books!

Quieres aprender ingles? Want to learn English?

Coming soon to the Stratford Library is a new book club for Spanish speaking parents to learn English alongside of their children.

Participants and their little ones will take turns reading to each other from a variety of children's books which are in Spanish and in English, as they are able.

The informal setting will allow parents and children to share favorite stories with each other as well as to participate in fun word games and other activities geared towards language learning.

If you are interested, please sign up at the reference desk. ~ Si tienes interes en este club de libros para aprender ingles, por favor haz reservaciones en la biblioteca.  Official schedule is to be determined.

See you there!  Nos vemos!

THE ART OF APPRECIATION

I really appreciate a book that can intrigue me from page 1. That is so delicious! Other books are like eating dry bread; they seem bland and unsatisfying and I don't know why I continue reading. I'm hungry for something sweet, something to captivate me, entertain me, delight me, right away. So Susan Vreeland almost lost me as she painstakingly assembled her cast of characters for 

All Aboard for the Edible Mystery Tour

 The Edible Mystery Tour Mystery Tour continued on June 30th as we ate our way through Bloodroot by Susan Wittig Albert. Herb bread, tomato pie and rosemary cookies were among the treats participants enjoyed as we discussed this book which is set in Mississippi and features family skeletons dating back to the Civil War. The tour highlights mysteries which include recipes.   Next stop on the Tour is on July 21st at 1pm for Sticks and Scones by Diana Mott Davidson. Sounds yummy!

New Book Club Premieres July 1

A cooperative effort between the Barbara Bush Library and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts begins tomorrow with the first session of the "Pen and Paintbrush Book Club." This group will meet during each exhibition cycle at the museum, and will include a museum tour, a discussion of a classic book tied to the exhibition theme, a viewing of a related film, and one or more special lectures.

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